Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole on Wednesday will be given the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress has.

The 3 p.m. ceremony is set for the Capitol Rotunda, through which the World War II disabled veteran, long-time Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee passed many times.

House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead the event and presentation. An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Trump would make the presentation.

Dole has been solid cheerleader for Trump. For example, after the president toured Poland and other European nations, Dole said Trump is restoring "strong American leadership.”

The legislation to OK the medal was co-sponsored by every senator.

The event is expected to bring out throngs of current and former members.

Other friends are already sending in their praise. Former President Richard Nixon’s daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, for example said they were joining with Americans “everywhere to salute our friend, this noble hero.”

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